That may not be as big a surprise as it might seem.
The Democratic candidate, Harry Lyon, is generally considered a poor choice with little chance of winning. (And that’s putting it kindly.) No reason to back a horse you know is going to lose.
On the other hand, Moore has also received support from another traditionally Democratic-endorsing group — trial lawyers. The attorneys may also be signing on in an effort to pick a winner.
Another possibility is that some of these newly minted Moore supporters see something the general public is missing.
In explaining the union’s decision, state AFL-CIO President Al Henley said his group does not agree with Moore’s position on separation of church and state. But Moore’s record shows he will deal fairly with working people in court. Henley added, “He’s not controlled by corporate interests.”
Well, this page is not convinced that “corporate interests” do not influence Moore; however, his record is far more that of a populist than a business-community partisan. Even his signature issue — the display of the Ten Commandments in public spaces — is consistently couched in terms of the wishes of the Christian majority being ignored by anti-democratic elites in the court system. He is familiar with the “them against us” playbook.
Could it be that the union is thinking — or at least hoping — that this same outlook will influence Moore if and when he returns to the bench? And that he will look out for the little guy?
This page has said before that if Roy Moore will avoid the divisive, and likely losing, conflicts with federal courts over the display of the Ten Commandments and instead focus on law and justice for the people of the state, he might rise above ideological matters and become a uniting force.
Let’s hope that will be the case.